Rural Living Day 2020

Junction City High School

1135 W 6th Ave
Junction City, OR 97448
United States

Mar 7, 2020 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Cost
$20 per adult. Youth register for Free. Scholarships are available, contact Teagan. Registration closes March 5th, or when capacity is reached.
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Contact name
Teagan Moran
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If you live in the country or are considering a move, you won’t want to miss this event. Workshops throughout the day offer something for everyone. Classes on: Compost, water rights and well water management, wild mushrooming, small engine maintenance, wildlife management and habitat creation, sausage making, and more! There will also be a youth track for ages 9+. Other sessions are oriented towards adult learners. 

Youth can register for free with an attending adult.  They will be registered over the phone.  Please register your youth by contacting Teagan Moran 541-713-5011. 

Presented by OSU Extension Services

SCHEDULE:

8:00-9:00am         Check In - Morning Refreshments

9:00am-9:30am    Welcome Presentation 

9:45am-11:00am  Session 1

11:00-12:15am     Session 2

12:15-1:30pm       Lunch

1:30-3:00pm         Session 3

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

1st Session Descriptions 

Dueling with Diggers 

Our human skills at growing nutritious plants and building structures to keep out the weather create tempting opportunities for many animals whose habitat overlaps with ours. Especially challenging are the animals that are master excavators - like Moles, Voles, and Gophers. We will discuss the ecology, challenges, and opportunities involved with common digging animal species with which we must often duel.  

Presented by Dana Sanchez.  Dana has been with OSU for a little over 10 years as an Extension Wildlife Specialist. Her position also includes research, primarily on terrestrial native mammals, and efforts to broaden participation in the natural science fields.  

Managing Mud & Manure on your Small Farm 

If you are frustrated with the mud and muck in your barnyard and want to learn about strategies for reducing mud and composting livestock manure, this session is for you.  We’ll discuss 6 management practices to reduce mud, including installing all-weather paddocks. 

Presented by Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service Small Farms faculty.  Melissa’s work in the Benton, Lane and Linn county region focuses on small-scale livestock production, pasture management and soil quality. 

Living with your Well and Septic 

What we will cover: Basics about groundwater 
• Drinking water quality issues 
• Wells: parts, protection 
• Testing, Real Estate transaction, health issues 
• Septic system, function and maintenance 
• Easy things you can do to protect your drinking water! 

Presented by Chrissy Lucas, OSU Extension Services Ground Water Quality Outreach Program Coordinator.   

Secrets of the Soil! 

Your management can degrade or improve how your soil works! During this session you will learn simple soil concepts, see hands-on soil tests, and discover practices that will help your soil grow plants, store water, and cycle nutrients. 

Presented by Teresa Matteson - With a Master’s in Soil Science, Teresa has worked for the Benton SWCD for 16 years, primarily in education, outreach, and soil health. Recently, she has dug into helping Benton County landowners through conservation planning and technical assistance. 

Gardening with the Changing Seasons 

Learn about best management practices for gardening with the changing seasons to create a healthy, thriving garden.  Christina will discuss seed starting, extending your garden into fall/winter and lots of helpful gardening tips throughout the year. 

Presented by Christina Bixel - She has been an OSU Extension master gardener volunteer since 2012.  She is a plant diagnostic specialist and has served on the Lane County Master Gardener Association’s board as president.  Christina has taken her love of gardening into her personal career where she worked on a temporary assignment with OSU Extension and has worked at Territorial Seed Company.  Currently she is a florist and flower farmer where she owns and operates her own business, Smiling Frog Farm. 

Youth Track: Let’s Make Food Hero Pancakes from Scratch!  

For ages 9+.  Younger children would need to be accompanied by an adult.  In this session, we will be grinding our own flour from locally-sourced grains and incorporating them into a variety of pancake recipes. Participants must be prepared to do hands-on mixing, flipping and eating! 

Presented by Jillian Drewes. Family and Community Health Coordinator OSU Extension Services, Lane County. 

 

2nd Session Descriptions 

Enhancing Habitat in Sub/Urban Spaces 

Our native wildlife species add both visible and unheralded values to our environments – right in our neighborhoods! However, conservation of these species and the vital functions they perform is especially important but challenging on the human-wildlands interface. We will consider basic ecological needs of wild species, how they interact with limiting factors in our shared interface areas, and what we can do (or stop doing) to help maintain populations of these valuable neighbors.  

Presented by Dana Sanchez.  Dana has been with OSU for a little over 10 years as an Extension Wildlife Specialist. Her position also includes research, primarily on terrestrial native mammals, and efforts to broaden participation in the natural science fields. 

What can I do with my Small Farm? 

This session will introduce the many factors involved in making decisions related to the use of small-farm property. We will discuss the small farm as a hobby, an agricultural tax deferral, and a family income. We will introduce how to match crop choices to the farm's physical resources, such as soil type, irrigation potential, and climate, and how to choose a production technique, select traditional or specialty crops, and market crops. We will discuss the importance of considering the family's financial resources, credit options, strengths, and goals. Includes lists of additional resources. 

Presented by OSU Extension Small Farms Program  

Everything you need to know about your water rights! 

Watermaster for Oregon Water Resources Department will be explaining the ins and outs of water rights and how they affect your use of surface and ground water on your property.  She will share about exemptions, how to use your water right, limitations of domestic wells for irrigation, how to apply for water rights and more. This will be a great time to ask questions and get answers from the expert. 

Presented by Lanaya Blakely,  Watermaster for Oregon Water Resources Department 

Native Tree and Shrub Identification 

Trouble distinguishing white and black oaks? Wondering if that huge cedar is an incense, Port-Orford, or western red? Do you know how to tell the difference between huckleberries, salmonberries, blackberries, and thimbleberries? The more you know about native forest trees and shrubs, the better you can care for them and improve their overall health. This workshop will give you all the tricks of the trade to identify the native trees and shrubs found in Western Oregon’s forests – even the look-a-likes! We will also discuss habitats, range, and characteristics. 

Presented by Lauren Grand, OSU Extension Forestry agent - Lane County and assistant professor (practice) 

Basic Food Preservation 101 Getting Ready for Summer Harvest  

The class will cover equipment needed, dos and don’ts of home food preservation, what is safe and what is not safe to do at home. The workshop will include information on canning, freezing, drying, pickling and making your own jams and jellies.  Also included will be an overview of Oregon’s Farm Direct Marketing Law.  There will be short demonstrations and some sampling of home preserved foods.   

Presented by Master Food Preservers Nellie Oehler and Katya Davis 

Youth Track : 4-H The Traditional Fair Look 

For ages 9+.  Younger children would need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Come explore our positive youth development program with hands-on fun! 4-H has been around for years to illustrate the power of S.T.E.M. programming. In this class, youth will engage in experiential learning activities and learn about what 4H has to offer them. 

Presented by 4H Faculty and Staff.  Andrea Leao is the Linn County Extension 4-H Youth Educator. She has been with Linn County for five years and previous to that worked with Clackamas County Extension providing Tractor Safety Courses. Tai Rogers is a graduate student at Oregon State University going towards a Master’s degree in agricultural education. She is an intern at the Linn County Extension Office. She is excited about the opportunity to teach at the rural living day about 4-H and the opportunities it provides the youth. 

 

3rd Session Descriptions 

Small Engine Maintenance and Diagnostic 

In this session you will learn best practices for maintenance of small engines (think weed whackers, chainsaws, mowers, etc).  You will learn the components of the engine and how it works. We will discuss fuel quality and share common issues/problems and how to diagnose them. Learn what you can do at home and how to extend the life of your engine. 

Presented by Bill Clark from Eugene Power Tools. 

Basic Pasture Management 

This session will focus on the basic principles of good grazing management systems. Starting first from the plants perspective, we will look at the needs of perennial pasture plants and how to meet those needs through rotational grazing guidelines and attention to soil health.  Samples of well managed and over grazed pastures will be used to show plant communities in each and discuss what can be done improve pasture conditions. 

Presented by Melissa Fery, OSU Extension Service Small Farms faculty 

“Do the Rot Thing” - Compost 

Whether you are a farmer or a backyard gardener, come learn how to compost. This hands-on demonstration will show you how to keep all your organic material on your property and turn it into useable compost. Learn how to build a compost pile that will work for you. We will discuss the benefits of hot and cold builds and turn or no turn piles. Do you have manure? Find out how to compost with manures and keep the odors down. Have you tried composting but have had problems, come ask a Compost Specialist get your questions answered.   

Compost Demonstration by OSU Extension Service Lane County Compost Specialists 

Introduction to Wild Mushrooms and Mushrooming 

This presentation is about wild mushrooms, including their roles as recyclers and tree helpers; identification and habitat of some common species; and a primer on preservation and cooking. 

Presented by Bruce Newhouse. Bruce is a native of the Willamette Valley and an ecological consultant. He had a 10 year office career in Land Use Planning, followed by 30 years of consulting in ecology, including plants, fungi, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and bees. Bruce has been the Lane County Extension HotLine mushroom referral person for 7 years on behalf of the Cascade Mycological Society. 

Smoking and Curing Meats 

Lane County Master Food Preservers share information and tips for safely making a variety of sausage products from fresh meat as well as smoking and curing.  Recipes and references provided. 

Presented by OSU Extension Master Food Preservers Roger Smith, Ginnie Gilley and Chrystal Wilkinson 

Youth Track: Entrepreneur opportunities in 4-H 

For ages 9+.  Younger children would need to be accompanied by an adult. 

Come explore the new ways that youth can engage with our 4-H program. Did you know that youth can create a business using their interests to make money? This is also a project that can go to fair and be showcased for the public to see. In this class, we will explore with the the youth how they can jump-start in the business world through experiential learning opportunities in 4-H.  This will be a hands-on class with fun activities!  

Presented by 4H Faculty and Staff - Andrea Leao is the Linn County Extension 4-H Youth Educator. She has been with Linn County for five years and previous to that worked with Clackamas County Extension providing Tractor Safety Courses. Tai Rogers is a graduate student at Oregon State University going towards a Master’s degree in agricultural education. She is an intern at the Linn County Extension Office. She is excited about the opportunity to teach at the rural living day about 4-H and the opportunities it provides the youth.     

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